Sailing is a rewarding skill that can take a few weeks to learn and a lifetime to master.
Unlike most sports, sailing is a sport that can be enjoyed for your entire life. Along with that it teaches us important life skills as well as helping us maintain good physical and mental health.
Here are just a few great articles about the benefits of getting your children into sailing
- Five Reasons Why Your Kids Should Sail
- 5 Reasons Why All Kids Should Sail
- Five More Reasons why Kids Should Sail
KBSC offers a number of ways to get started in sailing.
Discover Sailing Day
Every season KBSC hosts a 'Discover Sailing Day' where the general public can come to the Club, jump aboard a sail boat and give sailing a go.
This event is normally held in November and is advertised in our e-newsletter and on our Social Media pages.
Please watch out for the dates and come along.
Formal Training (Start Sailing Course)
KBSC runs formal courses for both juniors and adults between December and April.
Junior courses are best suited to children aged 8 and above.
Children learn much faster with formal training because the day after day repetition commits manoeuvres to motor memory allowing the child to focus on where they want to.
Courses are approximately 20 hours long and are split into 4 or 5 days.
All equipment and safety gear is provided.
Numbers are limited and pre-payment is essential, members discounts may apply.
The newsletter also has regular updates on upcoming courses.
Subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date with club information.
Check out our Sail Training page to register your interest in sailing courses.
Informal Dinghy Fleet Training
KBSC runs informal training for members every Saturday morning during the sailing season (approx October to April/May).
Non-members can come down to see what it is all about and have a go but it is expected that junior sailors do become members to continue with the program.
Sail training starts on the beach in front of the dinghy shed (to the west end of Koombana Bay Sailing Club) by rigging the boats and learning some simple wind awareness and basic sailing techniques.
It's then onto the waters of Koombana Bay in a dinghy. Juniors will go with an experienced sailor to start and then move into a single-handed boat when they are feeling confident.
This training is mainly aimed at children aged 8 and up however we try to cater for all ages and levels, the aim is to learn while having fun.
Once the basics have been mastered ongoing coaching is available to learn advanced techniques and an introduction to racing.
Session times are;
START SAILING FLEET (Beginner) - 9.00am - 10.00am
BETTER SAILING FLEET- (Intermediate) 10.00am - 11.30am
START RACING FLEET (Experienced) - 2.00pm
(Please arrive 30 mins before your session)
To register for our informal training sessions;
NON-MEMBERS (BEGINNERS ONLY)
STEP 1 -
Sign up as a Full KBSC Member
Register as a new temporary member (maximum 6 session, $10 each) on SailPass.
STEP 2 -
You MUST register before each event so that we know who is attending. Registration is available online at RevSport.
(You must be a full KBSC Member to participate in the Intermediate Training sessions).
After you have used your 6 temporary memberships there is the requirement to join as a full KBSC sailing member.(SailPass fees already paid come off the membership fee total)
FULL KBSC MEMBERS
Once you are a full member of KBSC you are no longer required to register for each session but you still need to tell us if you are attending each week or not.
Please join our InstaTeam page to keep up-to-date with last minute program changes, session updates and advise of your attendance.
STEP 1 - Download the InstaTeam app (app store or googleplay) OR register online at www.instateam.net
STEP 2 - Search for our team JUNT2U - KBSC Junior Sailing - Members Only
STEP 3 - Login each week, find the correct date and event, then set your attendance to 'going' or 'not going'
All equipment is provided but children should bring
Clothes & Shoes (enclosed, no thongs) – wear ones you don’t mind getting wet and will keep you warm as it can be much cooler on the water. Wetsuits or swimsuits are perfect but not essential.
A change of clothes and shoes.
…and loads of energy!
Keep up to date on the Koombana Bay Junior Sailing Facebook page or you can contact;
David - Fleet Trainer at email@example.com or on 0418 822 791
Peter - Training Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.